Letter: False prophet of doom

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Sir: We've waited long enough for an apology from Sister Marie Gabriel, whose advertisement in the Independent of 12 July prophesied global doom in the wake of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet striking Jupiter.

In the advertisement she promised a cosmic day of judgement and, I quote, 'if her forecasts do not come true she will admit her mistake'.

So let's have the admission, and for two reasons: 1) she may have worried many people, particularly the impressionable and the unhinged, for which she bears sole responsibility; 2) her admission will be another faltering step for the human race away from the long, dark shadows of Middle Age superstition and towards scientific reason.

Yours sincerely,




28 July